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Archives: Most Exciting World Cup Moments

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 1 – Diego Maradona Magic [VIDEO]

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No.1 Diego Maradona Magic (Mexico, 1986) “I sometimes think I preferred the one with my hand. It was a bit like stealing the wallet of the English” In 1986, Diego Maradona was the finest footballer on the planet. The man … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 2 – Paolo Rossi’s Remarkable Renaissance [VIDEO]

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No.2 Paolo Rossi’s Remarkable Renaissance (Spain, 1982) Of all the unlikely heroes that we’ve covered in this feature so far, the story Paolo Rossi is perhaps the most astounding and unpredictable of them all. Rossi had initially impressed at Vicenza … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 3 – Majestic Brazil Sweep Italy Aside [VIDEO]

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No.3: Majestic Brazil Sweep Italy Aside (Mexico, 1970) We’ve covered some wonderful sides in this feature. But none quite measure up to the Brazil team that won the World Cup in 1970. The men that donned the famous strip during … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 4 – Geoff Hurst’s Final Hat-Trick [VIDEO]

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No.4: Geoff Hurst’s Final Hat-trick (England, 1966) You don’t envy managers ahead of a World Cup final. For the players in the squad, it’s set to be the biggest occasion of their entire life. But the boss can only pick … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 5 – The Miracle of Bern [VIDEO]

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No.5: The Miracle of Bern (Switzerland, 1954) The wonderful Hungarian team of the 1950’s are one of the most commonly forgotten when it comes to the greatest soccer sides of all time. They played with a class, a quality and … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 6 – 17-year-old Pele Fires Brazil To Glory [VIDEO]

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No.6: A 17-year-old Pele Fires Brazil To Glory (Sweden, 1958) Making an impression as a young player is never easy. So it’s understandable that when we explore the history of the World Cup—the highest profile, most important soccer competition there … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 7 – Ronaldo Gets His Redemption [VIDEO]

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No.7: Ronaldo Gets His Redemption (Japan & South Korea, 2002) The World Cup has peculiar patent for impinging both delight and despair on a host of the games most iconic figures. Men that like Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 8 – Jorge Burruchaga, Argentina’s Unlikely Hero [VIDEO]

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No.8: Jorge Burruchaga, Argentina’s Unlikely Hero (Mexico, 1986) It’s difficult to quantify a moment. So far in this series we’ve had instances that last a few seconds, classic games played over 90 minutes at least and even staggering runs that … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 9 – Andres Iniesta Wins It For Spain [VIDEO]

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No.9: Andres Iniesta Wins It For Spain (South Africa, 2010) Spain lost their opening game of the 2010 World Cup against Switzerland. There were stratospherically high hopes for Vincent Del Bosque’s side after their win in the European Championships had … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 10 – Zinedine Zidane The Man For France, Mystery Surrounds Ronaldo [VIDEO]

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No.10: Zinedine Zidane The Man For France, Mystery Surrounds Ronaldo (France, 1998) As a soccer player, can anything possibly top winning a World Cup in front of your supporters? Having dealt with the pressure, the expectation and the hyperbole that … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 11 – Toni Schumacher Flattens Patrick Battiston [VIDEO]

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No.11: Toni Schumacher Flattens Patrick Battiston (Spain, 1982) Sometimes no matter how encapsulating a contest is, an unsavoury moment can overshadow it. In the 1982 World Cup, the semi-final between France and West Germany was an absolute classic. One of … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 12 – Gordon Banks’ Save Of The Century [VIDEO]

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No.12: Gordon Banks’ Save Of The Century (Mexico, 1970) In the rich history of the World Cup there are host of iconic moments that involve goalkeepers. Dino Zoff was the first ever ‘keeper to captain a team to glory when … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 13 – Luis Suarez Becomes The Scourge Of Africa [VIDEO]

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No. 13: Luis Suarez Becomes The Scourge Of Africa (South Africa, 2010) Soccer is a game that pits players with various moral dilemmas. Should you dive to win your team a penalty? Should you move the ball forward those extra few yards … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 14 – Michael Owen Bursts Onto The World Stage [VIDEO]

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No.14: Michael Owen Bursts Onto The World Stage (France, 1998) When it comes to World Cup memories, positive ones have been pretty scarce for England in recent years. Prosperous and promising qualifying campaigns have only paved the way for major tournament disappointment … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 15 – Brazil Crumble At The Maracana [VIDEO]

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No.15: Brazil Crumble At The Maracana (Brazil, 1950) If there’s any moment on our list that’s most applicable heading into the 2014 World Cup, it’s perhaps this one, when Brazil last hosted the tournament 64 years ago. Back then, the format … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 16 – The Black Panther Purrs [VIDEO]

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No.16: The Black Panther Purrs (England, 1966) The history of the World Cup is littered with players who have shone, but ultimately fallen just short of glory. Think of Michael Ballack in 2002 and Paul Gascoigne in 1990. But there … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 17 – Bergkamp Magic Downs Argentina [VIDEO]

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No.17: Bergkamp Magic Downs Argentina (France, 1998) There are certain moments when watching soccer that become etched into your memory. For me, Dennis Bergkamp’s marvelous goal in the 1998 World Cup is one of them. Already in this feature we’ve … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 18 – Gol Di Grosso! Gol Di Grosso! [VIDEO]

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No. 18: Gol Di Grosso! Gol Di Grosso! (Germany, 2006) Is there a more gut-wrenching way to lose a game than in the very last minute of extra time? As a supporter, by that point you naturally cast your mind … Continue reading